I was born in Jackson, TN, competed high school there, followed by enrollment at Tuskegee University where I earned a B.S. degree. A tour in the Peace Corps was followed by 12 years working in print and broadcast media. PhD was earned at Boston College. Taught at Wellesley College, JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and Washington and Lee University. Spent four years as Research Scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Joined the ISU faculty in 1991.
Sociological Theory, Sociology of Culture, Race and Ethnic Relations, Black History, History of Ideas